The Serial Garden Small Beer Press The first complete collection of Joan Aiken s beloved Armitage stories including four new, unpublished stories The Serial Garden was also the debut title for Joan Aiken Wikipedia Joan Delano Aiken MBE September January was an English writer specialising in supernatural fiction and children s alternative history novels In she was awarded an MBE for her services to children s literature For The Whispering Mountain, published by Jonathan Cape in , she won the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime book award judged by a...
|Title||:||The Faithless Lollybird and Other Stories|
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The Faithless Lollybird and Other Stories Reviews
The Faithless Lollybird is a collection of short stories by Joan Aiken, most of them with a fantasy or magical theme. I read Black Hearts in Battersea a long time ago, loved it, and read a lot of Joan Aiken after that. I was particularly fond of a humorous/adventurous regency romance she wrote, called The Five-Minute Marriage and I also like some of her Austen sequels. However, when I tried some of her independent adult work, I was deeply disappointed. All of her children's or YA books are clever and engaging, with a good sense of humor and plenty of slightly-off-the-wall adventure. But her adult books tend to be depressing and unlikeable with horrible, dreary characters who have horrible, dreary things happening to them.I guess I never give up hope, though. This was another library booksale find and I picked it up despite my mixed experiences with Joan Aiken in the past. I'm glad I did! The Faithless Lollybird is directed at children or youth, and true to form it's completely charming and lovely from cover to cover. The stories vary in tone. Some are fairy tales with the formal rhythm and phrasing of fairy tales. Some are funny, in a more colloquial voice with hilarious twists of phrase or silly similes. Some have a modern-day setting with a more subtle touch of supernatural or fantasy. But they're all pretty near perfect in their own context and purpose. While they borrow ideas or themes from classic fairy tales and fantasy, they're creatively unique in the way those themes are used. Highly recommended for anyone, child or adult, who likes fantasy or fairy tales. If only Aiken could write like this for adults.
Timnah said this was her all-time favorite book, and from the title, I knew I had to do a bit of investigating. Found an old copy on Amazon and was able to read a few excerpts...hooked from the first few sentences. I just started reading the book's title story and don't want to put it down...but am forcing myself to. I want to save this for a guaranteed distraction for when I'm in labor! It's a truly magical book: Thank you, Timnah!
This collection of odd, fantastic short stories was a favorite of mine for a while when I was in high school. Light and lyrical and dark and will lead you into treacherous places. I remember especially the one about Tomaso Albinoni, a favorite composer, and his cat. I don't have a copy anymore. :(
A delightful collection of very imaginative, whimsical, fable-esque, short stories. A light-hearted blend of fairy tale and fantasy. Personal favorites-"The Rain Child", "The Man Who Pinched God's Letter", and "Moonshine in the Muatard Pot".
Far and away the best short stories I ever read; creative, vivid, and original.
When I was a kid, I remember checking this out every other time I went to the library. I could hardly stand not having it in my possession. Truly magical short stories.